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1408 (2007)

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Fantasy, Horror, Mystery |

1408 is a American psychological horror film based on Stephen King’s 1999 short story of the same name. It is directed by Mikael Håfström and stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was released in the United States on June 22, 2007, although July 13 (which in 2007 fell on a Friday) is mentioned as the release date on the website.

The film follows Mike Enslin, an author who investigates allegedly haunted houses and rents the titular room 1408 at a New York City hotel. Although skeptical of the paranormal, he is soon trapped in the room where he experiences bizarre events. Reviews were mostly positive and the film did well at the box office.

Michael “Mike” Enslin is a cynical, skeptical author who is estranged from his wife Lily after the death of their daughter Katie. Mike writes niche books evaluating supernatural events in which he has no belief. After his latest book, he receives an anonymous postcard depicting The Dolphin, a hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York City bearing the message, “Don’t enter 1408.” Viewing this as a challenge, Mike arrives at The Dolphin and requests room 1408.

The hotel manager, Gerald Olin, attempts to discourage him. He explains to Mike that in the last 95 years, no one has lasted more than an hour inside of Room 1408; the latest count is 56 deaths, all suicides or “natural” deaths. The horrors began with a wealthy businessman named Kevin O’Malley, who inexplicably committed suicide in the room when the hotel opened. Olin even attempts to bribe him with a free room upgrade but Mike insists so preparations are reluctantly made.

Director: Mikael Håfström

Writers: Matt Greenberg (screenplay), Scott Alexander (screenplay), Larry Karaszewski (screenplay), Stephen King (short story)

Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Jasmine Jessica, Anthony Len Cariou, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Cast:

John CusackMike Enslin
Tony ShalhoubSam Farrell
Len CariouMike’s Father
Isiah Whitlock Jr.Hotel Engineer
Jasmine Jessica AnthonyKatie
Paul BirchardMr. Innkeeper
Margot LeicesterMrs. Innkeeper
Walter LewisBook Store Cashier
Eric MeyersMan #1 at Book Signing
David NicholsonMan #2 at Book Signing
Holly HayesLady at Book Signing
Alexandra SilberYoung Woman at Book Signing
Johann UrbSurfer Dude
Andrew Lee PottsMailbox Guy
Emily HarveySecretary
Samuel L. JacksonGerald Olin
William ArmstrongClay the Lawyer
Kim ThomsonDesk Clerk
Drew PowellAssistant Hotel Manager
Noah Lee MargettsBellboy
Mary McCormackLily
Gil Cohen-AlloroMaitre D’
Benny UrquidezClaw Hammer Maniac
Ray NicholasFactory Owner
Tina Maskell1950s Lady
Paul KaseyKevin O’Malley
George CottleMailbox Worker
Julian SpencerMailbox Worker
William WilloughbyMailbox Worker (as Will Willoughby)
Angel OquendoTaxi Cab Driver
Thomas A. McMahonCop #1
Anthony C. MazzaCop #2 (as Anthony Mazza)
Chris CareyFireman
Kevin DobsonPriest
Lily Grace Alexander10 Year Old Girl (in director’s cut only)
Peter ConboyMan Outside Hotel Fire (uncredited)
Georgie Lee-RobinsonBook Store Assistant (uncredited)
Bernadette LordsHotel Guest (uncredited)
Rob McGillivrayBellboy (uncredited)
Steve SomersFather of 10yr Old Girl (uncredited)
Kate WalshMike Enslin’s ex-wife (uncredited)
Jacob WhiteBellboy (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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